OPINION: Who Am I Culturally? – by: Jean Janki Samaroo

Written by: Jean Janki Samaroo

Am I Guyanese, British-Guyanese, Indo-Guyanese, South American, Canadian, Guyanese-Canadian, or some blend of these different cultures? Is my background East-Indian, West-Indian or Indo-Caribbean? What about the fact that my geographical place of birth was South America? Am I just an eclectic person— one of mixed cultural heritages?

The simple answer is that I have been influenced by a diversity of cultures from the day I was born. Whether I’m definitely one thing or the other is worth questioning but the answer that I have will be different to that of another person from the same background. Guyanese are not all the same just as Canadians are not all the same. There are variables.

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  • kamtanblog  On 02/21/2021 at 2:45 am

    Very interesting point of fact !
    If I lived for 5+ years in Timbuktu does that make me a timbuctuan ….? Most offer you “citizenship “ after 5 years residential status !
    Switzerland it’s 10 years and you must reside in that canton for 10 years. Citizen of canton before citizen of Rome ????
    Cantons are local government provinces.

    Simple Simon suggests
    Am a resident of Rome aka planet earth before my citizenship ! Pissport my flag of convenience.

    Now go figure aka go google

    Kamtan uk-ex-EU

    • brandli62  On 02/21/2021 at 3:12 pm

      Kamtan, I’ll have to straighten out some things about the Swiss naturalisation process. Switzerland consists of 26 cantons that enjoy far reaching autonomy, similar to a state in the US. Permanent residency (aka a green card) is granted after five years of residing in Switzerland. Naturalisation requires ten years of residency. The application process is run by the community you reside. They will decide whether you fulfill the requirements, such as sufficient knowledge of Swiss history, simple command of one of the four national languages, and demonstrating a resonable degree of integration. Once the commenty accepts you as a citizen, the canton will confirm this and then the decision will be relayed to the Federal government. Tina Turner was naturalised a few years ago in the neighbouring community, where I live. She failed the first attempt do to insufficient knowledge of German. A year later, she passed the test and was accepted. Everyone in Küsnacht, where she lives, is proud to have her a Swiss citizen.

  • Dennis Albert  On 02/21/2021 at 1:56 pm

    Plenty man from India sending Facebook messages to Indo-Caribbean girls. Back in de day, Guyanese in NYC would tell dem Indians that they are not Indians, because most Indians looked down on Indo-Caribbeans.

    That is, before oil, India viewed the Caribbean countries as poor.

    But thanks to the 50 billion barrels of oil potential, many Indians are commenting on Guyanese topics and trying to get citizenship, which the PPP supporters are glad to welcome as “Namaste” and kiss the foot of the Indian nationals like gurus.

    But if ONE, just one African-American or Jamaican investor wants to invest millions in Guyana, the PPP supporters try to incite hatred.

  • Guy Marco  On 02/26/2021 at 11:37 pm

    What makes a true Guyanese is a person who appreciates, respects and practices other ethnic Guyanese culture heritage.
    Same can make a person a world citizen. Eg. almost everyone likes pizza- where is the pizza originated from?
    Sooner everyone realizes that commonality- the sooner shall be the realization of ideal world peace-

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